Phil Bredesen wants you to know that if he loses the Senate race, it will be the “National Democratic brand’s fault, not his.
Former Tennessee Gov. Bredesen made the remark in an interview that aired Sunday with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, adding that the national party has hurt the brand.
The Washington Free Beacon reported on the interview Monday.
The video is available to watch here.
Bredesen said, “we’ve drifted away from that” in response to Democrats’ handling of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, meaning the Senate’s job is to consider a nominee’s competence and ability.
“Not that long ago, Ginsberg could get 95-plus votes, and Scalia could get 95-plus votes. That, to me, is very much the way we ought to be acting.”
Hunt did not ask Bredesen about his last-minute wishy-washy endorsement of Kavanaugh when his nomination was guaranteed. Nor did she ask about Project Veritas Action’s undercover video showing Bredesen’s campaign staff admitting he lied about supporting Kavanaugh to gain votes.
“It’s a political move,” Bredesen campaign field organizer Maria Amall said in the video to an undercover reporter.
Nor did Hunt ask Bredesen about Mark Brown lying to the media about those in the video being staffers, not volunteers and interns as initially claimed. Brown is a spokesman for Bredesen and the Tennessee Democratic Party.
Bredesen told Hunt, “I think my party, the Democratic Party, is at its best when it gets out of this elitist stuff and just gets back to being a strong, muscular party that’s just focused on opportunity for working-class and middle-class Americans.”
That’s not “the core of the party,” he said.
Hunt also did not ask Bredesen about his August video interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in which he said he is more “sophisticated” than rural voters, as The Tennessee Star previously reported.
A clip shows him saying that when he attends family reunions in his native Upstate New York, he experiences “a culture that is different.” The Harvard graduate estimates 70 percent of his extended family voted for Trump but “are not crazy or anything.”
And, Hunt did not ask Bredesen about his private jet or five homes.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.